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Severe Weather Awareness 2011

May 2, 2011

Peak tornado season for Ohio is between the months of April and July. The best defense when faced with tornado warnings or any severe weather event is preparedness.

The city of Oberlin uses five weather warning sirens in the community to notify residents when a tornado warning is issued or a tornado has been sighted in the Oberlin area, and the Oberlin Cable Co-op activates an TV emergency alert system to broadcast the warning. The city tests the siren system at 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from April through August. Siren tests are not conducted during inclement weather to avoid confusion. For more information, link to the Oberlin Fire Department’s Severe Weather Information website.

If the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Lorain County, Oberlin College will notify the on-campus community via its Emergency Alert System. Make sure you are subscribed to the Emergency Alert System and that your contact information is up to date by visiting the Emergency Alert System website.

For more information, contact the Office of Safety and Security, ext. 58444 (440-775-8444), visit the Office of Safety and Security’s Severe Weather webpage, and read this article about severe weather preparedness.